Pastor William H. Walker, Sr. was born March 6, 1936, in Bessemer, Alabama to Rev. Frank and Mrs. Rose Walker. He has three sisters, and five brothers. He has been married to First Lady, Edna Hill Walker for 53 plus years. They bore four children, Debra, Rosalind, Lisa and William, Jr.
A product of the public school system, he attended Carver Junior High and Dunbar High. Pastor Walker was called into the ministry in June of 1977. He was later called to pastor The New Bethlehem Baptist Church in June of 1978.
Pastor Walker attended The Birmingham Baptist Easonian Bible College and was awarded a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in 1983 and a Bachelor's Degree in Theology in 1984. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Faith College in Birmingham, Alabama and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Bethel Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Ohio. Pastor Walker also holds an Honorary Doctor of Law from Oakdale University in Atlanta, Georgia.
He has received numerous awards, some of which include: Pastor of the Year-1979 from the American Legion 344; Pastor of the Year-1987 from the Lambda Zeta Chapter; Community Service Award-1989 from Muscoda Improvements Association: February of 2008 an Humanitarian Award from AL Chris Productions C/O Hopewell Baptist Church, Hillman Station; a reward as Police Chaplain for the City of Bessemer; 2009 an Outstanding Bible Study teacher to the officers of the Birmingham Police Department, and in October of 2010 a Resolution from the Jefferson County Commissioners' Office, for his outstanding services as a Community Leader and Volunteer for Jefferson County.
Pastor Walker's passion is simply, "Telling the World about Jesus!"